About Graduate Fellows Program

 

The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program supports, during the course of their graduate education, exceptionally well qualified young men and women who have bachelor degrees from LFP Network  Schools and who are interested in becoming teacher-scholars at church-related colleges and universities in the United States.

The Three-Year Program:

Cohorts of the Lilly Graduate Fellows three-year program now commence every other year, with the next cohort beginning in fall 2021.  The 2021-2024 Lilly Graduate Fellows will enter graduate school in fall 2020 or in fall 2021. In academic year 2020-2021, the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program will select a cohort of 10 fellows who are entering PhD or equivalent graduate programs in humanities and arts at schools of their choosing. Finalists will be selected in both academic years, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, and will commence with the program in fall 2021.  

Over a three year period, these Fellows, along with two mentors who are senior scholars at a Lilly Fellows Program Network School, will communicate and collaborate with each other in areas of research, teaching, and professional  development.

The program will reach completion with the introduction of the Graduate Fellows to representatives of the Lilly Fellows Program National Network at the Network’s annual national  conference.  More specifically, Lilly Graduate Fellows will participate in the following programmatic objectives:

Four Conferences:
Lilly Graduate Fellows attend four conferences over the course of three years. These conferences allow Fellows to collaborate with each other and with senior scholars and luminaries  who integrate research, teaching, vocation, and an interest in church-related higher education.

Mentoring Relationship:
Lilly Graduate Fellows will develop a relationship with two mentors who  are senior scholars at a Lilly Fellows Program Network School.

Online Colloquium:
Lilly Graduate Fellows and mentors, over the course of the three-year program, will participate in common  readings and online discussions that explore the intersections of Christianity and higher learning by drawing on classical and contemporary works of art, literature, theology, history, and philosophy.  This colloquium requires an  average time commitment of two to three hours per week. Cohorts in the past have engaged such thinkers as Simone Weil, Augustine, Dostoevsky, Dante, and Flannery O’Connor.

Lilly Graduate Fellows will receive three annual $3,000 fellowship awards for use at the Fellows’ discretion.

Nomination:

All nominees for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program must be nominated by their LFP National Network Undergraduate institutions. Each Network Institution can nominate up to three nominees. To inquire about nomination, please contact  the LFP Network Representative at your Undergraduate Institution. To find the names and contact information for your campus representatives, click here.

LFP National Network Campus Representatives must submit up to three nominees during the academic year 2019-2020 for the 2021-2024 Program Cohort no later than November 12, 2019.

Finalists must attend an Interview Conference in late March or early April 2021. Fellows must attend an Inaugural Conference in late July or early August 2021. If selected, Fellows commence the program in fall 2021. The LGFP will cover all expenses for these events. Final selection of the Lilly Graduate fellows is made by a selection committee and Lilly Fellows Program staff. Ten graduate fellowships will be awarded.


To learn more about eligibility, nomination guidelines, and application procedures, please follow the links below:

 

 

Copies of the Lilly Graduate Fellows Brochure and Announcement can be downloaded with the links below:

 


To learn more about the individual the Lilly Graduate Fellows Cohorts, follow the links below:


First Cohort

Second Cohort

Third Cohort

Fourth Cohort

Fifth Cohort

Sixth Cohort

Seventh Cohort

Eighth Cohort

Ninth Cohort
 
Tenth Cohort

Eleventh Cohort

Noteworthy News

Registration open for National Conference

The 2020 LFP National Conference will be hosted online by St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX. Registration is now open. Click here for more information and to register.


May LFP Update

The Current LFP Update for May 2020 is now available. Click here.


New edition of Leading Lives that Matter released

In their second edition of Leading Lives That Matter, editors Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass compile a wide range of texts—from ancient and contemporary literature, social commentary, and philosophy—related to questions of vital interest for those who are trying to decide what to do with their lives and what kind of human beings they hope to become. Leading Lives that Matter has been an important text in many of our fellowship and grant programs, and it contains excellent resources. Click here for more information and an excerpt.


LFP Grant Application Q&A Sessions

There will be two LFP Grant Application Q&A sessions hosted via Zoom. They will be Monday, June 29, 2020 at 2pm CST and Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 12pm CST. Please email Jenna Van Sickle for more details and the login information. 


Rescheduled: Catholic Intellectual Tradition Conference at Sacred Heart University

The “Catholic Intellectual Tradition Conference: Challenges and Opportunities for the Catholic University in the 21st Century,” at Sacred Heart University has been rescheduled to October 29-31, 2020 as an online conference. Click here for more information and to register. 


Seton Hall conference on Communication and Religion in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election 10/21-10/23

Seton Hall University will host an conference on “Communication and Religion in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election,” on October 21-23. This conference is free to attend and will be broadcast live for those who cannot attend. Register now at www.shu/edu/ICR2020.


Lilly Network of Church- Related Colleges and Universities

If you are interested in learning more about membership in the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, please contact us here.